Treat Yo'Self

To the thousands of tourists who visit each year, South Florida is an escape full of sun, sand, and serenity. Feeling stressed? Book a trip to a beach resort and let the sea breezes whisk your cares away. Those of us who live here, on the other hand, know the real deal about this place: It's boozy, it's humid, and the mosquitoes? Don't even get us started. The truth is, living in Broward full-time can be a nightmare on your body, from your frizzed-out hair to your ultra-toxic liver. Don't you deserve a vacation from everyone else's vacation? Lauderdale Spa Chic is the answer. At 17 spas in the greater Fort Lauderdale area, therapists are waiting to pamper your stress away -- all for just $99 a pop. That's a huge savings over regular spa prices, especially at luxe resorts like the Bliss Spa at the W Fort Lauderdale and the spa at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, both of which are participating. Spa Chic runs all month, ending September 30. Visit
Sept. 4-30, 2013
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Ciara LaVelle is New Times' arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University, moved to Florida in 2004, and landed a job as a travel writer. For reasons that seemed sound at the time, she gave up her life of professional island-hopping to join New Times' staff in 2011. She left the paper in 2014 to start a family, but two years and two babies later, she returned in the hopes that someone on staff would agree to babysit. No takers yet.
Contact: Ciara LaVelle